Kejriwal says Delhi will need 1.5L beds by July

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said L-G Anil Baijal's order on hospitals would be implemented amid a political slugfest in the Capital even as cases rise. 

Kejriwal, who was addressing the media a day after he tested negative for Covid-19, said: "L-G's directives will be implemented in letter and spirit, this is not the time for disagreements or arguments." 

He also asked people to promote social distancing and usage of masks as a people's movement "just like the odd-even scheme". 

"In normal time, 50 per cent patients come from outside Delhi for treatments. So going by that calculation we need about 1.5 lakh beds by July. I will personally oversee stadiums being turned into quarantine centres. In last eight days, Delhi hospitals admitted 1,900 people. Around 4,200 beds are vacant in hospitals," said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a digital briefing.

L-G Baijal had overturned the decision of the AAP government to reserve Delhi government hospitals and some private ones for residents.

Delhi's Covid-19 tally has crossed the 31,000-mark with the death toll at 905, latest figures released by the Arvind Kejriwal government reveal, even as the Capital sees a slugfest over the pandemic which has infected more than 2.6 lakh people in the country. 

According to the latest figures, Delhi recorded 1,366 new cases, taking the total to 31,309 and 31 deaths adding up to 905 in the last 24 hours. The Capital also saw a total of 11,861 recoveries, while 14,556 are in home isolation. 

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